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Windows 7: Searching apparently non-indexed files

19 Jun 2009   #11
Schmich

7137
 
 

Wow nice I'll stand corrected, however I still think there should be some GUI for the average Joe or blind person like me =)

Searching for * only gives 10 files >_< Should I assume the Windows thinks the whole drive is indexed when it in fact isn't (and therefore doesn't continue with a linear search)? I'll rebuild the index to see in the mean time.

edit: well it seems the indexing was a bad one as I rebuild it and now it finally works.


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20 Jun 2009   #12
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Schmich View Post
Wow nice I'll stand corrected, however I still think there should be some GUI for the average Joe or blind person like me =)

Searching for * only gives 10 files >_< Should I assume the Windows thinks the whole drive is indexed when it in fact isn't (and therefore doesn't continue with a linear search)? I'll rebuild the index to see in the mean time.

edit: well it seems the indexing was a bad one as I rebuild it and now it finally works.
Great, I'm glad it worked out for you. But here also is another tip that I use regularly when searching for files:

Searching apparently non-indexed files-windowssearch.jpg

In the above screenshot, I opened my Pictures library and started a search using "tag:white" (look for all files with the word "White" in the tags). By the results returned, I could easily assume that is it. But if you look closely, at the bottom of each particular group (i group my results by location) there is a link that says "Show All XXX", where XXX is the number of results in that group.

Works like a treat!


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20 Jun 2009   #13
BrandonLive

Windows 7
 
 

Note that the behavior noted above only applies if you change the grouping of the results, and you can't even do that for Libraries in more recent builds. At least I'm pretty sure you can't produce the screenshot you're showing there.
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20 Jun 2009   #14
Charles Kane

Windows 7 Ultimate, Ubuntu
 
 

No drag on the system to install and run Everything. Just a file indexer, super fast, realtime updating, plenty of complex search options, very lightweight.

Then if you are just searching for a file - no menus to dig through - you'll have it in a couple of seconds.

Everything
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21 Jun 2009   #15
Tang

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OEM
 
 

Well it's a very nice explanation - and I appreciate the step by step images too. However, if you are in the process of going through old DL DVD backups as I am, and looking for specific file types, you might as well be attempting to use the Jedi Mind Trick -unless of course you ARE a Jedi.

I don't want to abandon W7 Search - but it does not seem able to do what the older and more simple search could. I want to be able to plug in a disk, and search for an extension listed on that disk. Then copy that list (regardless of path), to a new folder on a HDD.

Redhakr - I will certainly take your alternative and hold it in reserve. It is not freeware - but shareware however. i am sure there ARE freeware utilities out there that can and will work tho.

What I'd really like is for W7 to be able to do this all by itself. Does anyone else have any ideas? I can explore these DVD's just find- even enter each and every one of the folders and subfolders and copy manually. But I have yet to find a search string that will yield results on a newly inserted disk.

Are you saying that I have to add each newly inserted disk to the library before I can search it? I just got a message saying you can't add removable storage to a library...
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21 Jun 2009   #16
BrandonLive

Windows 7
 
 

Why can't you do this in Windows 7?

Open the drive, type *.mp3 - and wait while it greps your unindexed drive. I'm really confused why you think a previous version of Windows had a better option than this?

(note you can put it in quotes, like "*.mp3" if you don't want it to find files like "Something.mp3blah")

Other options that work are ext:mp3 or fileextension:mp3
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21 Jun 2009   #17
BrandonLive

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Charles Kane View Post
No drag on the system to install and run Everything. Just a file indexer, super fast, realtime updating, plenty of complex search options, very lightweight.

Then if you are just searching for a file - no menus to dig through - you'll have it in a couple of seconds.

Everything
Why would you use that over just searching through Explorer or using dir /s? I mean it's only searching against the file names, and you already have an index of that (the filesystem itself). Seems kind of odd to pay for a tool that does what the OS already does.
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21 Jun 2009   #18
Tang

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OEM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BrandonLive View Post
Why can't you do this in Windows 7?

Open the drive, type *.mp3 - and wait while it greps your unindexed drive. I'm really confused why you think a previous version of Windows had a better option than this?

(note you can put it in quotes, like "*.mp3" if you don't want it to find files like "Something.mp3blah")

Other options that work are ext:mp3 or fileextension:mp3


I have done that - and the results that I get are "NO ITEMS MATCH YOUR SEARCH"

With 8GB worth of data on the backup DL DVD I have - which I know there are plenty of MP3's mixed among them - I get that kinda of result.

Do I have something turned off somewhere?

If you put a mixed DL DVD in your drive, and search this way do you get results??

Keeping in mind that I CAN use the explorer to manually navigate through the folders directly to whatever files are on the DVD...
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21 Jun 2009   #19
BrandonLive

Windows 7
 
 

Tang - What build are you on?

I'm not aware of any bugs affecting simple grep searches... if you type * into the search box, what happens? Are you sure that disc has .mp3 files on it?

Did you alter any of the settings in the Explorer Folder and Search Options? (like "include subfolders" or "include partial matches" perhaps?)
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21 Jun 2009   #20
pominator

Windows 7 build 7127 x64
 
 

Windows Search service (indexation) is turned off here and search always went fine for me. I also regret that an advanced search windows is missing in 7 though. I use Agent Ransack for my advanced search needs, it have a "Specifies NOT expression" search option that I sometimes need and include hidden files by default.

Agent Ransack - home
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